Natasha Tynes, a Jordanian-American author, appears to have jeopardized her book deal for snitching on a DC Metro worker eating on the train — an incident that quickly boiled down to race in post-Obama America.
Turns out, the employee eating on the train was black and that appears to trump the Muslim immigrant woman who reported her, as Fox News’ Jesse Waters noted in a nod to the left’s complicated social justice hierarchy.
Tynes tweeted a photo of the worker and tagged the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
She added: “When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train. I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds. When I asked the employee about this, her response was ‘worry about yourself.’”
Tynes was quickly set upon by a Twitter mob, who ripped her for being a “terrible person” and for targeting a black woman.
A common refrain being: “Eating while Black.”
This is @NatashaTynes. Natasha reported a Black woman who was minding her business, eating on the train. Natasha suffers from internalized racism, which causes her (a POC) to lash out and gaslight other POC. Don’t be like Natasha. #EatingWhileBlack pic.twitter.com/nWjF2b2XVj
— Brittany T. Oliver ♀ (@brittuniverse) May 10, 2019
The abuse was so bad, not only did Tynes delete the offending tweet, she appears to have eventually deleted her account entirely.
Her publisher, California Coldblood, certainly didn’t help matters, making it all about race in a statement announcing they are looking to “cancel the book’s publication.”
“We do not condone her actions and hope Natasha learns from this experience that black women feel the effects of systematic racism the most and that we have to be allies, not oppressors,” the statement said. “As for the books publication: We are halting all shipments from the warehouse and postponing the book’s publication date while we further discuss appropriate next steps to officially cancel the book’s publication.”
— California Coldblood (@CalifColdblood) May 11, 2019
Fox New’s “The Five” took up the issue and co-host Jesse Watters pointed out why he liked the story.
“You can see what hand beats another hand in identity politics poker,” Watters said. “You have a black female Republican union employee, her hand beats a female Muslim immigrant author.”
Watters reassured co-host Greg Gutfeld that he did his research on the women.
He also stressed that what the story is really all about is “snitching,” before sharing his standard on tattle-telling.
“I have rules for snitching,” Watters declared. “Only three times is it acceptable. One, snitching on a sibling. Or two, on the deep state — that is whistle-blowing. And three, if you are paid to snitch.”
He also said Tynes’ publishing company blew it by firing her instead of capitalizing on all the attention the controversy drew.
“This woman has created an amazing controversy with race and class and social media,” Watters said. “And they fire her instead of, I don’t know, giving her a three-book deal.”
The real moral of the story appears to be that when a black person is engaged in an activity deemed inappropriate or illegal, report at your own risk.
A quandary that’s front and center on the progressive agenda, as was seen recently in a New York Times Magazine advice piece titled, “Was I Right to Call the Cops on a Black Man Breaking Into a Car?”
The magazine’s resident “ethicist” addressed the concerns of a reader, suggesting the race of a criminal caught in action must be considered before deciding whether to call the cops — because the racist, bully cops will probably abuse a black perp.
As for the DC transit worker, a veteran employee who has worked for the Metro since 2001, she was reportedly “very concerned and very embarrassed” about the incident.
Barry Hobson, the chief of staff for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, told NBC News that a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority manager said that she would face no action for eating on the train.
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